Poland can take the leadership role on NATO’s eastern flank, but it needs new and strong allies, said Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Stockholm where he met with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson to discuss Polish-Swedish relations.
Morawiecki and Kristersson also discussed the topic of strengthening European security through supporting Ukraine and its citizens in the defensive war against Russia.
Following the talks, Poland’s prime minister said that “the EU is more united today because Ukraine is still defending the country a year after Russia tried to bring it to its knees.”
“It is said that good times create weak men, while hard times create strong men. Some EU countries are up to the task today,” said Morawiecki, adding that “in such times, one must choose: civilization or barbarism.”
Morawiecki praised Sweden’s political stance, as according to him, the Ukraine war is the beginning of a new era of threats.
Morawiecki said that NATO must revert to defending world peace and order.
“I hope that with Sweden and Finland as NATO members, we will form a strong alliance. The new security architecture cannot exist without Sweden and Finland,” the Polish prime minister continued.
According to the Polish PM, NATO membership for Sweden and Finland will send a clear message to Russia: “You will not succeed in breaking Europe into pieces.”
Sweden has provided Ukraine with military and humanitarian aid, but also the equipment necessary to restore the country’s damaged power grid. In the wake of Russia’s war against Ukraine, Sweden along with Finland also applied for NATO membership.